University of Calgary

Stories under a full moon with Richard Van Camp

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary, presents a free evening of stories under a fully moon from Richard Van Camp on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery Hall of the Taylor Family Digital Library, at the University of Calgary.  A book signing and reception will follow the event.

Richard Van Camp, the 2011 – 2012 Writer-in-Residence at the University of Alberta, comes to Calgary courtesy of an exchange program between the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program and the Department of English at the University of Alberta.  Each year, the programs host one another’s writer-in-residence for free public events.

Van Camp, proud member of the Dogrib Nation, award-winning author and storyteller, is heralded as the North's most accomplished literary figure.  He is the author of two short story collections (Angel Wing Splash Pattern, and The Moon of Letting Go), two children's books (A Man Called Raven and What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses?) with Cree artist George Littlechild, two baby books (the newly-released Nighty Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies, and Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns - that was selected by the Books for BC Babies program and given to every newborn baby in British Columbia in 2008), two comic books (Path of the Warrior, with Cree artist, Steve Sanderson, and Kiss Me Deadly with artist Chris Auchter.  His debut novel, The Lesser Blessed, not only garnered critical praise, it is also being made into movie starring Benjamin Bratt.

Hailing from Fort Smith, NWT, Richard Van Camp is a graduate of the En’owkin International School of Writing, the Creative Writing BFA Program at the University of Victoria, and the MA program in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. In addition to being the Writer-in-Residence with the University of Alberta, he teaches Creative Writing with an Aboriginal Focus at the University of British Columbia.

Awards received by Richard Van Camp include "Wordcraft Storyteller of the Year" (2006/7) for "the greatest storytelling in Canada and the US; the Jugendliteraturpreis (2001, for The Lesser Blessed), the highest award for a translation given by the German government; the Writer of the Year Award for Children's Literature (1999) by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers for A Man Called Raven; and the Canadian Author's Association Air Canada Award (1997) "honouring a young (under the age of thirty) Canadian writer deemed to show the most promise for the future inthe field of literary creation." 

For more information on Richard Van Camp, click here to visit his website.